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A system is a system is a system

Consumed => “Design Systems: Building for the Future” by Ara Abcarians on CSS Tricks.

http://css-tricks.com/design-systems-building-future

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Great stuff. Thanks for the inspiration. No doubt this gets filed under: “If it were easy, everyone would do it.”

A couple thoughts:

1) While I appreciate the effort to develop your own framework, if you think of the entire effort as an integrated end-to-end system then to me it makes more sense to maintain modularity across all vectors within the system. A specific example would be the human resources slice and training. That is, finding someone who is Bootstrap-centric is going to be much easier than finding someone who knows your system (i.e., which is no one aside from the people you hire and train). Yours might be a better mouse trap, but does the benefit outweigh the added friction?

2) Mind you, I understand there were extenuating circumstance, but to build out a framework because design was done in a silo / void also feels a bit “out of character” to me. Or as I like to ask: Name me a successful product company that does product design without any consideration for manufacturing. Toyota, for example, certainly doesn’t design a product (i.e., car) and then ask, “Okay, how are we going to build this? At a price the market will bear?” It’s an integrated system, not a series of silos connected by some spit & scotch tape process., yes?

3) Which leads me to: Ara (or Chris) is any any chance of taking these concepts and ideals and doing an article / series to discuss how to (best) apply them in an agency setting? That is, one team (read: some core, some revolving) servicing many clients / brands? What are the must-dos, the watch-out-fors, etc.? How do you build a core tool box and then extend and customize that for individual projects and/or clients?

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